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La Paloma Academy – Central Review

La Paloma Academy opened their central campus in 2001 for students in kindergarten through 8th grades. The school works with students on a personal level to ensure they are receiving the quality education needed while preparing them for further education. Along with core subjects, La Paloma Academy offers extra curricular activities, sports, and clubs such as drama, computer arts, basketball, cheerleading, physical education classes, soccer, baseball, volleyball, student government, yearbook, and science & technology.

Reviews and opinions of this school are all pretty negative from parents. Most express that bullying is a huge problem with certain students being considered “cream of the crop” and allowed to run the school while teachers and staff turn a blinds eye. Even when reporting such situations to the counselors the bullying is ignored. Other parents expressed their disappointment that their children were unable to pass the state exams due to lack of instruction especially in math. Only a few parents stated they loved their children’s teacher and the way their student is doing in school.

Many times when comments are so negative, it is best to look at the percentages of students passing the AIMS state tests. In some cases, parents are biased due to running into a teacher they were not fond of, therefore the test exams should shed some light on if the school is providing the education students need to succeed.

Percentages of students that passed the exams are below state averages in reading by 30%, almost 20% in writing, and close to 40% in math. 4th graders did a bit better in reading being below state average by only 5%, 1% below in science, and 5% in math while they 6% higher than average in writing. 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders were below state average in all exams.

From comments of parents and the tests scores, this is one school that you should thoroughly investigate before enrolling your child. It would probably be best to find a different school since the percentage of students passing the exam is below state averages.

La Paloma Academy – Central
2050 N. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712


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